1. Demus, women’s 4x100m earn USOC monthly honors
2. Huddle set to defend USA 10km title in Boston
3. Track stars in ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue
Demus, women’s 4x100m earn USOC monthly honors
400-meter hurdler Lashinda Demus and the women’s 4x100m relay were selected as the United States Olympic Committee’s female athlete and team on the month, respectively, for the month of September. The committee made the announcement Friday.
The athletes won the vote for their September performances during the recent IAAF World Outdoor Championships in Daegu, South Korea, which ran August 27-September 4.
Demus earned the honor after winning her first world championships gold medal and setting an American record in the 400m hurdles in a time of 52.47 seconds. It bettered Kim Batten’s time of 52.61 she set in 1995, which was the last time Team USA won a world championships gold medal in the event. Demus, a two-time world championships silver medalist, defeated defending world champion Melanie Walker of Jamaica in the race. Demus is also a former world junior champion and world junior record holder.
Also winning a gold medal in Daegu was the women’s 4x100m. Bianca Knight, Allyson Felix, Marshevet Myers, and Carmelita Jeter teamed up to run a winning time of 41.56 and beat defending world champion Jamaica. It was the fastest time run in the world in 2011 and it was Team USA’s third world championships gold medal in the event since 2005.
The two gold medals were part of 12 total medals for Team USA’s women, which were the most ever at the world championships. Team USA’s men and women combined for 25 medals in Daegu.
For more information regarding the USOC’s athlete and team of the month please see www.usoc.org.
Huddle set to defend USA 10 km title in Boston
Three-time USA Women’s 10 km champion and American record holder Molly Huddle (Providence, R.I.) is set to seek her fourth consecutive title Monday at the Tuft's Health Plan 10K for Women in Boston, Mass.
Huddle will face another stellar field that includes Janet Cherobon-Bawcom (Rome, Ga.), the women’s champion from last weekend’s USA 10 Mile Championships. Also in the field is two-time champion Katie McGregor (Minneapolis, Minn.); 2008 Olympic marathoner Magdalena Lewy Boulet (Oakland, Calif.) and two-time USA Outdoor Track & Field 10,000m champion Amy Begley (Portland, Ore.).
The USA Women’s 10 km Championship will be webcast live in cooperation with RunnerSpace.com beginning at 12:00 EDT at www.USARunningCircuit.com.
About the USARC
The USA Women’s 10 km Championship is the final stop on the 2011 USA Running Circuit (USARC) and will pay $28,450 in U.S. prize money with the champion earning $7,450 for the title.
Going into the final race on the women’s circuit Cherobon-Bawcom is tied for first in the women’s standings with Jen Rhines (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) with 30 points each and McGregor is a close third with 29 points.
The men’s circuit concluded last week with Ben True (Hanover, N.H.) taking the circuit title with 60 points.
The 2011 USARC is a USA Track & Field road series, featuring USA Championships from one mile to the marathon and attracts the best U.S. distance runners. The circuit features ten events for men and nine for women.
The 2011 USARC features more than $450,000 in circuit prize money with U.S. athletes competing for the right to represent Team USA in various international competitions.
The first ten U.S. runners earn points at each USARC race (15 for first, 12 for second, 10 for third, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1), with a final $12,500 grand prix purse ($6,000, $4,000, and $2,500) for the top three men and women point scorers overall.
The mission of the USA Running Circuit is to showcase, support, and promote U.S. runners. Since its inception in 1995, the USARC and its races have provided over $6 million dollars to U.S. distance runners.
Track stars in ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue
Ryan Hall and Natasha Hastings are two of the athletes featured in ESPN The Magazine’s third annual “Body Issue.”
Hall, a 2008 Olympian and the top American entrant in this weekend’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon, is featured running sans-clothing through the woods. Hastings, who ran in the heats for Team USA’s gold medal winning 4x400m team at the World Championships, appears in only her spikes while in the starting blocks.
Track and field athletes have been featured in every edition of the publication. Hurdler Lolo Jones and shot putter Michelle Carter appeared in the first edition in 2009, while javelin thrower Rachel Yurkovich and masters athlete Phil Raschker were in the 2010 issue.